No matter what your goals are for 2019, the most important thing is that you have a clear and realistic view of what you want to achieve. Change takes time and contrary to popular media messages, there is no magic pill to make it happen. Getting in shape, building a better relationship with someone or meeting your sales targets all take time. If you are willing to put in the time and do the work, you can enjoy the process and the final outcome of meeting your goals. Please notice I said, “do the work”. No amount of wishing or complaining ever accomplished a goal.
Here is a strategy you can use to get where you want to be by the end of 2019: find a goal buddy. Some people call this an accountability partner. No matter the name, this person is someone you can talk to about your progress. Choose this person with care. Their role is to support and encourage, not to judge, hinder or influence your progress. It may be someone who shares the same goal. For example, having a buddy to go the gym or run with can make a difference. The simple act of making a commitment to meet someone for a workout can encourage you to continue at times when you’re likely tempted to quit. Imagine going back on your word to someone you care about?
Here is what I invite you to do – Share (by posting here) one goal you have for 2019 and who you will invite to be your goal buddy. Next post, I’ll talk about staying the course over time.